Robert Halmi Sr., Leica Shooter, Dies at 90

The Hollywood Reporter shares news that Robert Halmi Sr., the master showman behind such big-budget made-for-TV movies as The Josephine Baker Story and Gulliver’s Travels, died Wednesday in his New York City home. He was 90.

A freedom fighter in his native Hungary during a tumultuous time, Halmi was captured by the Nazis, jailed and sentenced to death. Through contacts he made when he worked with the OSS (now the CIA) in Budapest, Vienna and Salzburg, he was able to escape to the U.S. in 1951, arriving with $5 and a Leica camera.